“Dad, we saw a mermaid! It had pink eyes.” Eli proclaimed as he came running back up from the lake with his flashlight in hand with Kore and Cooper close behind. “Yeah and then we saw a Mako shark jump over the moon, described Kore.” That is just a glimpse of what kids can come up with when they are set free to dream.
Last Friday night I had the opportunity to take Eli out for a camping trip. We were joined by my friends Ryan with his son Kore, and Tyler with his son Cooper. 3 boys under the age of 7 out to explore God’s creation. Talk about excitement, adventure, and imagination. The anticipation leading up to this weekend was worth it in itself. Every night leading up to it Eli would ask how soon we were going. 3 more sleeps buddy, 2 more sleeps.... he couldn’t wait.
Of course, in typical guy fashion, the first aid kit was needed within the first ten minutes of being there, but what else would you expect? Bike rides, hammocks, fishing, hiking, balancing on
dead logs, cooking over a fire, learning to fish, escape. You name it these 3 boys tried it. No tv, no news, no media, no stress. What an experience when we just unplug.
The truth is though, I think the dad’s all needed that night as much as the boys. Between Ryan and Tyler being teachers and me being in ministry, this has been a crazy year. School’s open, school’s closed, online, in person. Seems to be changing by the day. Enough to drive you mad. Church being limited to outdoors, moving back indoors, kids programs, taping off pews, masks, no masks, who knows. Again, it’s easy to get caught up in. But while at camp, none of that mattered. We were disconnected, unplugged, in God’s playground. Able to just stop and hear His voice. For a short 24 hours we were able to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. I believe that’s what Paul is talking about in Romans 12. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” When was the last time you stopped, unplugged, and got away from what the world us speaking to hear what God is saying. Whether you realize it or not, when all you hear is the noise of today’s culture we are being conformed. You hear it enough, it starts to affect you. Anxiety, fear, worry, doubt. Fill your mind with truth and watch how God changes your mindset. You can control what you allow into your mind. “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Take time today, shut off your phone. Escape the media. Grab a notepad and write down all the things you are thankful for. A simple activity like that can change your perspective back to God.